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Adult Outcomes for Children of Teenage Mothers

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  • Francesconi, Marco

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    (University of Essex)

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Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, this study examines the relationship between several outcomes in early adulthood (e.g., education, inactivity, earnings, and health) and being born to a teenage mother. Besides standard cross-sectional multivariate regression estimates, we also present evidence from nonparametric estimates and from estimates that account for unmeasured family background heterogeneity by comparing siblings born to the same mother who timed their births at different ages. Regardless of the econometric technique, being born to a teenage mother is usually associated with worse outcomes. An important channel of transmission of this adverse effect is childhood family structure, which plays a more powerful role than childhood family poverty. Albeit smaller, some of the detrimental effects are also found for children of mothers who gave birth in their early twenties.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2778.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Publication status: published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2008, 110 (1), 93-117
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2778

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Keywords: intergenerational processes; endowment heterogeneity; teenage pregnancy; identification issues; sibling estimators;

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  8. Favara, Marta, 2013. "Is Self-Esteem a "Double Edged Sword"? Self-Esteem and the Onset of Adolescent Sexual Activity," IZA Discussion Papers 7171, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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